Low wages, harassment and abuse: thousands of employees of a jewelry company complain of working conditions


Низкие зарплаты, домогательства и оскорбления: тысячи сотрудниц ювелирной компании жалуются на условия труда

The world of expensive jewelry and sparkling diamonds seem to be many magical and mesmerizing to look at shop Windows can be infinite (think Holly Golightly!), and work in a jewelry store for many girls, who want to build a career in sales, is a prestigious choice. But for thousands of women in the United States the dream turned into a worst nightmare.

The New York Times published the incriminating materials against one of the largest retailers of jewelry Sterling Jewelers, which owns such stores like Kay, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Osterman, J. B. Robinson, Zales. Behind the glitter of gold and romantic commercials for the hiding of workplace harassment and unfair wages. These facts are told by the employees of the stores, complaints and lawsuits which were spread over ten years, but only now was made public.

Низкие зарплаты, домогательства и оскорбления: тысячи сотрудниц ювелирной компании жалуются на условия труда

The journalist of the American newspaper spoke with one of the women, which has become a direct participant unpleasant incident. So, dawn Souto-coons told that, despite his impressive work experience, she was never offered a promotion, and the requests were refused. When after her husband the woman was going to move to Florida and asked the authorities to translate it into a local shop that was supposed to open, she was offered the position of assistant Manager, although in the same place of work don was the Manager and was able to increase sales of 800 thousand dollars to three million dollars. The coveted position was eventually taken by the man who had only two years of sales experience.

Низкие зарплаты, домогательства и оскорбления: тысячи сотрудниц ювелирной компании жалуются на условия труда Dawn Souto-Coons

Don also told that the Manager jokes about the shapes of the buyers, said one employee, “would lick her from head to toe,” and don received an invitation to lunch, where was allegedly invited other colleagues, but when she came to the meeting, it was with a man one on one.

One of the employees of the store, Mary, was subjected to harassment by the Manager due to the fact that not wearing mini skirts and almost never wear makeup. To increase the salary of Mary also refused, explaining that she already earns more than anyone in the store. Don decided to look around herself and somehow after the departure of the Manager looked into the payroll. It appeared that men received an average of 13.4 per hour, and women — 10.39 dollar for the same time. While professional men in no way superior to women: on the contrary, many had less work experience and lower sales. Moreover, hiring it is recommended that women, as the main buyers of jewellery are men, and beautiful women was to attract them to the store.

Don told all of this to Mary, and they decided to contact a lawyer. It happened 14 years ago, and since then trial all stretches. The company all this time, managed to keep details of the proceedings secret, because according to the rules all complaints the internal system of the Corporation, and employees were forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement. In the press there were only rare mentions of the process: for example, The New York Times wrote about the women who filed a complaint, in 2014.

Низкие зарплаты, домогательства и оскорбления: тысячи сотрудниц ювелирной компании жалуются на условия труда Shahmirzadi Nina, Christy, Meierdiercks, Lisa McConnell, Linda Rhodes, and dawn Souto-coons

The lawyer advised don and Mary to tell his colleagues to call him if they have complaints. In the end, we collected over 200 statements from different, often unfamiliar with each other women, which they gave under oath. Testimony was given and some men, confirmed, witnessed some of the episodes. As a result, in the case of unfair pay today I scored 69 thousand complaints.

Низкие зарплаты, домогательства и оскорбления: тысячи сотрудниц ювелирной компании жалуются на условия труда

And then it became clear the entire scale system disturbances. Moreover, women began to talk not just about disrespect, but about harassment and even rape.

One of the women, Diana, complained that during a trip to the annual meeting of the managers, her colleague tried to kiss her and put on knees in the bus. During the same event she had to leave the Jacuzzi in the Spa, as due to the obscene of her and her colleagues feel uncomfortable. In her confession, she said that water treatment has turned into a real Orgy. Another woman also said that during the training one of the managers asked her to retire and to take a bath.

Низкие зарплаты, домогательства и оскорбления: тысячи сотрудниц ювелирной компании жалуются на условия труда

An employee of another store, Amanda, was fired after he complained to the personnel Department to a colleague who wrote her a note with the words “I want to cum on your Tits”.

Another woman complained that her head somehow clung to her back. Instead of helping, it had only received a mocking answer is that it should flatter her. And one of the women said that a colleague tried to rape her when, during the training, she let him to his room to sleep — the invasion of the man justified that he can’t find his room.

However, many women do not deny that the company itself, though, and remained deaf to the complaints, good care of the employees in the social plan. So, bonuses for good sales figures could reach 10 thousand dollars, employees are also encouraged with vouchers for luxury resorts or sea cruises.

Низкие зарплаты, домогательства и оскорбления: тысячи сотрудниц ювелирной компании жалуются на условия труда

While the case is still in court, so to disclose details in communicating with the media the participants of the proceedings can’t. The company denies all allegations, stating that they are out of date for many years. Representative Sterling asked the journalist said that this story “represents a company in an unfair light, based on unfounded allegations, most of them for decades, and which have not yet been proven in a judicial process.” The company representatives reminded the journalist that the case pending in court, is not a case of sexual harassment and there were no allegations of harassment that were included in the lawsuit.

Netizens reacted differently to the journalist published the facts. Someone sympathizes with women, but there are also conspiracy theorists, who considered the material ordered.

Source
The New York Times



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